Tuesday, September 23, 2008

There’s got to be a lesson here. It’s a sign of the times for sure, but it’s more than that. Here’s what happened. While driving home from work, I was listening to the news. When I didn’t quite catch what the newscaster said, my instincts took over and I reached for the dial on my car radio in order to rewind the program and hear it one more time.
Okay, I know, it can’t be done! I literally shook my head in horror as I realized what I had just done. Has the ability to record any show on TV given me silence permission to rewind everything in life and see or hear it again? After all, instant replay is now an accepted form of determining close calls at many sporting events. I’ve even been known to glance up in search of a TV screen after an amazing play or a close call at a local high school game anticipating seeing it again.
Well, what’s the lesson here? Is there one? As moms, there will be plenty of times when you want to push rewind and see an event all over again. Like, the first time you held your babies. Wouldn’t it be fun to just do that one more time? But there are also plenty of things you don’t want to see again. Like, the time one of your children was so sick you walked the floor for hours, maybe days. Or maybe the time you lashed out unfairly at your husband for not helping you. Maybe the better scenario would be to see the event again as well as have the ability to change the outcome. Now that would be nice, wouldn’t it?
But that’s the difference in real life and a DVR–ed life. The DVR life can only show you the exact thing over and over again. That would be perfect if life were exactly that—perfect. Since it isn’t, there will be many experience in life that seeing it again will only bring pain and regret. A DVR-ed life will never give you the opportunity to correct a mistake. But real life does. How, you say? Well, we really can’t go back and rewrite a new ending, but we can always have new beginnings.
Aren’t you grateful that we serve a God of second chances? A beautiful blessing from walking with God is the power of redemption. Webster’s dictionary says to redeem is to win back or buy back; to free from what harms or distresses. We first come to know God’s redemption in the Gospel message. It is through Christ that we have “redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14) God, in His goodness and greatness, buys back the mistakes we make and hurts we suffer and frees us from them so we can begin anew everyday. What an awesome God we serve!
So keep the DVR and video recorder going for our favorite TV shows, but let’s soak up the redemptive love of God and let him lead us to a better life.



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